How much inspiration do you get from other senses to create your visual art? The latest episode of Canon Australia’s project The Lab tries to explore the connection of two senses – vision and taste. Three photographers get together, and instead of using their eyes, they can only use taste to get inspired and create a photo. So, what does it look like when the taste becomes a photograph?
This Friday, federal appeals court in Washington D.C. decided that Federal Aviation Administration has no right to require hobbyists to register their camera drones and model aircraft. As SF Gate reports, this decision came after a drone hobbyist John Taylor filed a claim against the FAA in 2016. He claimed that they don’t have the right to force him to register his aircraft.
As U.S. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh states, “Taylor does not think that the FAA had the statutory authority to issue the registration rule and require him to register.” And according to the judge, he is right.
Thanks to my job, I’ve seen some fascinating drones so far. But the drone I discovered today, along with its unfortunate choice of name, made me burst into laughter. It got me wondering if the person who thought of the name speaks English, and how well they speak it. Because with such name, along with the photo, aerial photography is definitely not the first thing that comes to mind.
It was one of those moments when two articles collided in my day and struck a chord. The first was JP Danko’s here, on whether or not it’s ethical to use photos of your children for stock. The second was by Lucy Dunn, on The Pool, where she raises the question of ‘over-sharenting’. (Sharenting, for anyone who hasn’t yet encountered this hideous portmanteau, is the tendency to share your parenting experiences on social media, from potty-training successes to supermarket meltdowns.) In particular, Dunn is concerned about how little guidance exists for parents who are navigating the social media seas themselves.
I often mention the issue of whether or not photographers can “change the world”. It’s something we could speculate about, but what I firmly believe is that you can at least change someone’s world, or to put it simply – improve someone’s life. And it’s precisely what a group of photo enthusiasts is trying to do.
Joined through Epic Photo Tours and guided by Herb Leventon, this group changes the world of those who live in darkness. They have donated over 400 solar lights to the people from remote villages who live without any light once the sun sets. And of course, they have documented it in a series of beautiful images from different parts of the globe.
Colorizing a black and white image in Photoshop requires a huge amount of time, and not to mention that you need exceptional skill to do it. A year ago, Richard Zhang and a team at University of California revealed Algoritmia, an app that does it automatically. It was fun to play with it, but there was still plenty of room for improvement. Now, a year later, they have found a new approach. And this time, the results are way more impressive.
Kodak was on the brink of death. Thanks to a number of die hard high profile filmmakers, though, Kodak film was saved. They lobbied studios in 2014 to place long-term orders with Kodak in order to keep the company alive. Three years on, and Kodak is still finding it difficult for productions and filmmakers to find locations to process the film. PDN reports that Kodak is working to solve that problem.
They’ll build, lease and partner with facilities in major cities around the world to process its motion picture film. The latest deal is a new 5 year lease on part of the Ken Adam Building at Pinewood Studios in the UK. Pinewood studios has been the base of many productions over the years from TV shows to big budget films. The James Bond franchise began here. More recently, X-Men, Captain America, Harry Potter and Doctor Strange.
Photography Dustin Dolby has been putting a lot of effort into his short series on photographing wine and wine bottles. Part 1 introduced us to the basic principles shooting such a subject with minimal kit and getting good reflections. Part 2 focuses on getting a richer, more bold, hero-like shot. A look that’s become very popular recently. In this third part, we see the moodier side of photographing a wine bottle.
Using a strip softbox as his background, Dustin shows how we can photograph wine bottles for easy cut out selection. The principle, though, should work well for anything you wish to cut from its background. Sometimes it’s easier to get things perfect in-camera. But at other times, you or your client may need that option to put an object on a different background.
Two journalists were recently arrested this week by police at the scene of a fatal car crash in Hamilton Canada.
This hits home for me because I live in Hamilton. As a Canadian, the issue of overzealous police arresting photographers and journalists for the crime of photography always seemed like a US issue or a problem in meaner parts of the world.
To be honest, I never thought that something like this could happen in my home town.
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Lots of interesting news has been coming from Google lately. They seem to be very devoted to the development of AI, and there is another novelty they may implement. Soon, Google could become able to remove the unwanted objects from your photos. In other words, if you take a photo through glass or a fence, the algorithm will automatically remove the obstruction and produce a clean photo.